Thursday, April 18, 2013

Good Night, John Boy! Finished project for Abbie and me

Miss Abbie showing off her scarf made in leftover skein of Litoral yarn.

I cast on 6 and made her a scarf instead.  This was some kind of yarn to bind off..........definitely a challenge to weave in those ends with the irregularity and small clumps. I fell in love with the Knitpics Dreamz circular needles.

Project completed during an episode of The Waltons.............

We love Abbie and she loves us alot too. Abbie and me will match now on an outing!

I just need to go put this in my Ravelry page now. But for now.............the day is complete, errands done, finished a project or two, and now Mr. Darcy and I say goodnight....................
another day and I hope tomorrow is a good one for you!


Shawlette Progress Near Completion

And here I am almost at the end of the tightly wound skein! I can't wait to spread this out when I bind off!

Then off to finish the pink scarf (almost to the end) for a gift for someone.

Speaking of gifts..........this is one of mine.

always a smile and a good attitude no matter what the situation.
It's a lovely change! :P
I do love the chaps, Mr. Darcy.
And. Back.
Hope your Thursday is going good!
We have so much at the homestead to get done for Spring. I hope we can finish painting the rails soon. They need it bad.
We got quite a bit of rain yesterday. When I left work the car thermometer said 88. When I got home, it read 66. Now that's the biggest change in such a small amount of time I've ever seen.
But home is always cooler in weather, but warm at heart.
Taking one day and color at the time,

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A Good Surprising, and Learning sort of Day

I had the best day today, busy, but on my mission of errands today I saw this little yarn shop, stopped by and met the owner and she said that knit group was this afternoon! I had no idea.  I hurried and got me a burger and then went back to work with about 8 folks who were the sweetest and I had a really good time.

Of course, she has the best of yarn to work with and in the group she helped with learning how to knit front to back stitch to increase and also use a circular needle for the first time. Awesome!
She had very soft music playing in the background AND a designer visiting who also dyes her own yarn. She is planning to teach a class this Summer. More info on that later. Click here for the store website:

She showed me on a simple free pattern how to make a small shawlette. This yarn was very different...........I used # 15 circular needles----big, fat ones.

She had a model of one stitched in the shop in another color but I liked this for jeans and casual wrap for the Summer plus I'm drawn to teals and blues. It's nice and airy. I think it will stitch up fast.
Only 1 skein for this one but the pattern states you can use 2 if you want a really big shawl.

Brand---Litoral  Aslantrends
this is machine washable in cold water!

It's really hard to show when I'm taking the pics because the shawlette when finished has pretty large holes in it but they are all squished right now.

Stretched, it looks awesome. I can imagine this little wrap with a turquoise Tshirt! 1 skein. Would make a very pretty birthday or Christmas gift.

I got to here while chatting in knit group. I can't wait to finish it, so I can wear it now.

I can't express how much learning to knit has helped me cope with the stress load this year. I will have to digress at this point. My faith, my loving husband and knitting has helped me cope with the aftermath of some traumatic things this year.

My favorite time of day is knitting close on the sofa with Mr. Darcy while we watch The Waltons.
That show is our addiction. :P  I'm sooooo serious. We love it. Mon-Fri.

Speaking of encouragement, I prayed this morning for God to speak clearly to me and that sometimes I just need a sign..................well, ye of little faith(me today) on my way to an assignment/errand was trying to find the right place with the GPS system, and I was lost (I know even with a GPS system LOL) and I looked up at the turn and someone out of the blue had a old board that had Isaiah 55:3 written on it in white paint and nailed to the tree. I have no idea why. It was near a business that looked pretty much run down so I had to look that up when I got home and ended up reading the whole chapter. Very encouraging.  Just food for thought.

Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. Isaiah 55:3 NIV

Purl of Wisdom----sometimes when we are literally lost and finding our way, God knows how to encourage us even when we have days of little faith. He gives us the knowledge but it's up to us to apply it.

So today I:

got one mission accomplished today at a new place
got to learn a new knitting stitch---knitting front to back to increase
got to eat the best hamburger I've had in a long time. loaded
got by chance to see a yarn store AND found new friends, with free laughter, conversation, and knitting advice.
got to meet a knitting designer!
got to learn circular needles for the first time!!!

got to share it with YOU! 

Taking life one day at the time,


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Counting Stitches, Counting Colors and Counting Blessings

This pink alpaca lace scarf is a joy to knit. It's one row lace and I improvised as my previous post said with a block of garter after a section. Well, I believe this started a pun intended.
My hubbie says that it would look good to put several of those in sections in the scarf. So............

I've come up to the distance of where another one would go. And this ball of yarn is still there. I'm so surprsed at how far one skein would go!

Oh how I can see this will be a good blocking project!

I want you to know that with this pattern, only 1 hank is going on forever, which is a good thing as it's precious yarn. I estimated 3 hanks. I believe 2 would be way, way enough for a nice, light scarf.

Being one of my favorite colors is pink.....................I thought that I really have many colors I love to work with. My second favorite is red and I tend to stitch with alot of red. Then, my third is dark teal and light teal/turquoise. These are my top three faves. Here's another one started in red.

This yarn is Simplicity by Hikoo, 55% Merino Superwash, 28% acrylic, 17%Nylon in the color Simplicity Red. I'm using different needles, both type and size. I LOVE and prefer aluminum over wood so this one will go faster. The size of this needle is 8.

I think of my grandmother with this yarn. She LOVED red. I miss her so even though it's been years since she passed. She made a very positive impression on my life. If she were alive today, she would have me learn to knit everything in red. :)

I count my blessings every day and on Sunday's especially I reflect back on the week and even if a simple thing to some, it's a blessing to me.

~~the smell of Peach Cobbler muffins baking in the oven
~~the feeling of being able to do something special for my hubbie
~~watching a HUGE red-headed woodpecker from the back porch
~~chomping into with my hands (no manners) a good country fried pork chop
~~my hubbie's love and care that is awesome and rare
~~my hubbie reading from the Scriptures when we go to bed out loud to me to help me sleep--priceless
~~that last can of Raveoli in the pantry
~~finding that last serving of peach cobbler in the frig and just enough ice cream to go on top
~~reading a really good book and finding the next one
~~being thankful I'm alive
~~watching our Dogwood tree blossom this week
~~thankful for answered and unanswered prayers
~~watching Abbie as she is training now (hasn't ever before)
~~bacon dog treats
~~the view of the mountains in Spring
~~actually wearing a scarf I knitted
~~my Godmother
~~ God's reminders that He made us and will never leave us.

Just simple and basic things that really if you think about it, are blessings.
There are so many more. It's just been one of those weeks to count my blessings even moreso.

Purl of Wisdom  ~ Simple things, just using different variables, such as needles and thread/yarn, will still yield a different but beautiful finish. We aren't all the same or made that way and that is actually a good thing most of the time.

Hope your weekend was a good one!